89 years after the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: 17 innocent people (unlike the 7 warring mobsters in Chicago) were murdered. They were mown down with a deadly weapon wielded by an emotionally disturbed young man. What can I say that hasn’t been said before? That there must be multiple things wrong with a culture where mass shootings, once rare and shocking, are now “normal”? Where new records are set almost every year? Where there have been multiple school shootings since the beginning of this still-new year?
I can only offer my prayers:
- For the students, teachers, and victim’s families who will forever be impacted by an act of hatred on a day of love.
- For our country and society to learn how to work together–rather than argue ceaselessly and impotently–to bring about real change in a culture that is fast losing its moral and ethical underpinnings.
- For each of us to identify the roles we must to play in order to heal and, yes, love our world back to life.
St. Valentine is dead. Long live St. Valentine.